Dear Friends and Family,
It has been a while since we posted any updates on Josh’s cancer fight. We appreciate all those who were able to donate to help Josh and his family.
As you may know, the Stones added a new baby boy, Jax, into the family. It is amazing how this tiny baby has been a huge comfort and strength for Josh, as are all his boys. Five boys! Jenn is really out numbered!
For those of you who do not know Josh, here are some things he would like you to know. He is married to the love of his life, Jennifer. He has 5 of the most adorable sons, Kaden, Gabriel, Preston, Cooper and Jax. We do not know a more committed husband or father.
Josh is not only dedicated and devoted to his family, but also his country. He has 19 years in the United States Air Force. He has done 5 deployment tours, which included Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom after 911. His current rank is E-7 Master Sargent. His current title is Wing Flight Safety NCO. He is very proud of his service and love to his country, as are we.
Josh is a true HERO to his family and country. He has been there for his country and now fights a different battle. One in which he needs your support.
We hope that with this next update you will understand why we are asking once again for your help and support. We also hope and pray that you will understand the immediacy and urgency in this new request.
Josh explains it:
“A lot of people are asking about my last doctors visit and we haven't posted anything. We have been trying to grasp the news and have been at hospitals all week. Here's the down and dirty.
My last gallium scan in June showed 1 lesion on my liver. The scan I had on Tuesday (Dec.) showed upward of 12 that are scattered throughout and also showed more lesions in the bone (spine). Since the lesions are scattered, resection is out of the question. My doctor sent me to an interventional radiologist who deals with the liver to see about embolization of the liver. That is where they go in and seal off the arteries feeding the tumors. He said it would probably work but other tumors could always come back. He also said embolization could damage my liver which we want to avoid in order to maximize PRRT treatments when we find a way to get them. He said my best option is the medication that I have been waiting on, PRRT, which is STILL WAITING FOR APPROVAL FROM THE FDA here in the US. He also said the trials that have been done and are being reviewed by US are specific to tumors starting in the small bowel, which mine did not. This means even if US approves the use of PRRT, it may not be for a broad group and I may not fit the initial criteria. Clearly this process is going to take time, frankly time I do not have to spare.
Fun stuff right. He said my best bet at getting treatment is GETTING OVER TO EUROPE, where they have been offering this medication for over a decade and results show that it works. However, he said it cost 60k to 70k which is including travel. So that is were we are at. Either I raise the money and get over to Europe and get this much needed drug or I sit and wait for possibly nothing.
It is a hard situation and with as RAPIDLY as my cancer seems to be spreading, I don't want to sit around and wait. Lol. I CHOOSE LIFE!!
So… we are trying to raise the 60k-70k as quickly as possible to get Josh to Europe where they have been successful in the treatment of cancer such as his. We cannot do this without your support and help.
Through all of this, Josh has never wavered in his trust of the Lord and remains thankful, blessed and happy.
“As I sit here today waiting to see the doctor I reflect on the past year. Last year on this day I was going into the biggest surgery of my life scared to death. Going in to remove the cancer in my colon/ rectum. Recovery was horrible and long and having to wear an ileostomy bag for 3 months was anything but spectacular. Then second surgery to remove the bag. Little did we know the cancer had already spread throughout my body. After getting injections with huge needles and having numerous different drugs put into my body to fight this horrible disease and chemo treatments that make me sick and feel like death, still I sit here happy.
HappyI am still here to spend this year with my family. HappyI Got to bring Jax into this world. HappyI Got to spend lots of quality time with my boys. HappyI Got to see lots of friends who have come long distances to see us and most of all to Happy to spend the last year with the love of my life Jen. She has really got me through this.
We have been blessed by countless people this year that have showed my family so much love and compassion that it brings tears to my eyes every time I think how lucky I am. Luckyto have so many friends here to support us during this battle.I will continue to be happy even in the worst of days. I will continue to feel blessed to still walk this Earth. I will never take life for granted and I will never give up the fight. Love you all. Have a blessed day.”
Josh Stone is a 36 year old devoted husband, amazing father of four boys with one on the way, son, brother, and loyal friend. He is currently a Master Sergeant in the Unites States Air Force where he has been committed to serving his country the last 18 years. If you know Josh you know he is full of life, loves fishing and camping, and spending time with his boys. His personality is as big as his heart. Josh loves making people laugh with his witty sense of humor, but what makes him the happiest is helping those around him. He is the kind of guy who is always willing to lend a helping hand. After a long year of health issues, In November of 2016 we were given the devastating news that a mass found in the rectum was a neuroendocrine tumor (NET), also known as carcinoid cancer. After undergoing a protectomy with coloanal anastomosis and loop ileostomy, pathology reports showed metathesis to the lymph nodes, scapula, and spine. We are now fighting stage 4 cancer. Never in a million years did we ever think we'd be in this position, but here we are. We are raising funds to get Josh to the specialists at The Neuroendocrine Program at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner in Louisiana. After an electrical fire in our garage, bills, escalating travel, and medical expenses, we realize we are not going to be able to do this on our own, so we are humbly coming to you for help to give Josh the best chance possible. The main thing we are asking for is prayer. We know that our God and his plan is bigger than this.
We are staying STONE STRONG and going to beat stage 4 NET Cancer. Thank you to everyone who reads, donates, shares, or prays for our family.